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Artist Imran Qureshi honoured at the Prestigious Asia Arts Game Changer Awards

LAHORE: Internationally acclaimed and award winning Pakistani artist Imran Qureshi has been honored at the Prestigious Asia Arts Game Changer.The awardees for this year also include Christine Ay Tjoe, Fang Lijun and Natee Utarit.Qureshi was honoured at a ceremony hosted by the Asia Society in Hong Kong on 29th March 2019 at the Four Seasons Hotel.The Asia Arts Game Changer Awards is a signature event honoring the Asia Arts Game Changers.
Every year, major art collectors, artists, gallerists and dignitaries from the art world along with Asia Society trustees and patrons gather to celebrate contemporary art in Asia and honor artists and arts professionals for their significant contributions to contemporary art. For more than twenty years, Asia Society has been a pioneer in identifying and fostering the latest contemporary Asian artists, and engaging new audiences for their work.
Past honorees include: Cai Guo-Qiang, Hon Chi Fun, Abir Karmakar, Krishen Khanna, Bharti Kher, Kimsooja, Lee Ufan, Liu Guosong, Nalini Malani, Nyoman Masriadi, Takashi Murakami, Yoshitomo Nara, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Do Ho Suh, teamLab, Wucius Wong, Xu Bing, Zeng Fanzhi, and Zhang Xiaogang to name a few.Speaking about receiving the Asia Arts Game Changer Award, Imran Qureshi said, “I am honoured to receive this prestigious award – it is for Pakistan.
Art transcends boundaries and this award will also highlight the art in and from my country.”Imran Qureshi is renowned for his site-specific paintings, installations, and videos created in the style of Indo-Persian miniature painting as a means to explore contemporary socio-political themes.His elegant miniatures often juxtapose figures in modern dress against ornate landscapes that reflect contemporary life in Pakistan while his large-scale works feature red leaves and floral patterns that are meant to provoke thoughtful reflection on the sometimes tenuous and often bloody relationship between religious ideologies and warfare. Qureshi has exhibited internationally, including at The Curve, Barbican Centre, London (2016); the 55th Venice Biennale (2013); The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (2013); the 10th Sharjah Biennial (2011); and Asia Society Museum, New York (2009).

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Heron Preston Visits Nairobi With United Nations Alliance for Sustainable Fashion

Invited by the United Nations Alliance for Sustainable Fashion, the two-night trip was a launch for its program Future Fashion Now. The UN Alliance for Sustainable Fashion is rooted in the urgency to better coordinate sustainable fashion efforts as they fit with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

The UN flew him and a cadre of other young designers to Nairobi, where he gave a talk, explored local secondhand markets and went on a safari. The markets were packed with essentially the effects of what happens to our stuff when we no longer want it.Taking out his smartphone to illustrate that point, Preston reeled through photos of a room stacked to the rafters with compressed bales of secondhand clothes.So flooded with secondhand goods, the markets have more than they can sell, Preston said.Then that really affects the local designers and markets there. It’s harder for them to thrive because of all this stuff that we’re sending, he said.It’s crazy just clothes, bras, athleticwear, jerseys. There’s a documentary about it.

We think we’re donating clothes, and it gets sold off by the weight in bales and bales. There’s a bunch of stuff that isn’t even used.Another photo shoot by Preston showed a man unstuffing a pile of teddy bears to reuse the cotton. They’re just breaking things down and using it for different purposes, he said.Preston was at The Whitby in New York to reconnect with Fashion 4 Development’s senior adviser sourcing and innovation Jeanine Ballone, who was on the Nairobi trip, and to meet the group’s founder Evie Evangelou.The designer, a contender for the CFDA’s Emerging Designer of the Year award, said his interest in sustainability started out with a zero-waste collaboration with New York Citys Department of Sanitation repurposing 9,000 old uniforms.

That sparked this curiosity and challenge to do better in fashion. From there, I really learned and discovered how damaging the textiles and apparel industries were.
I had no idea. And I had no idea that I was part of that problem as a designer.An apprenticeship with Eileen Fisher had helped to set him on his way, repurposing a tarp that he had hung in his showroom with an Eileen Fisher quote before he met her into camera bags. His latest earth-friendly project is Jump, items made from military grade decommissioned parachutes, which launches next month.

During his UN-sponsored trip to Nairobi, he presented some of those designs. Preston has switched his cotton sourcing and is now using only organic certified cotton, and is looking to use other environmentally preferred materials.Preston buzzed by Germany to visit Rimowa and tour the factory, getting a closer look at the machinery that is used to make Porsches and airplanes. It was million dollar heavy-duty engineering that just goes into aluminum luggage, he said.They started back in the 1800s making leather luggage. The factory had a fire and the only thing that survived was the aluminum.It’s beautiful luggage as well all handmade, weather-resistant, super, super airtight glue, nice design. On Monday, he is off to Hong Kong for the city’s Art Basel where he will DJ for David Zwirners gallery.The trip east will give Preston the chance to stop by his Hong Kong store in Causeway Bay. He shrugged off his resilience to transcontinental travel.

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Nomura Holdings Launches USD 1 Million Art Award

Nomura Holdings Launches USD 1 Million Art Award. by Xuan Wei Yap. Japan-based financial services company Nomura Holdings.

On March 20, the Japan-based financial services company Nomura Holdings, Incorporated announced the establishment of the largest cash award in contemporary visual arts. The annual USD 1 million Nomura Art Award will be conferred to an artist who has created a body of work of major cultural significance, according to the press release.The prize is expected to go towards the production of an ambitious new project that the winner did not previously have the means to realize. Additionally, Nomura will present two exceptional emerging artists every year with USD 100,000 each.
Awardees are selected by an independent, international panel comprising respected figures in the art world. The jurors for the inaugural edition are Doryun Chong, deputy director and chief curator of Hong Kong’s M+; Kathy Halbreich, executive director of the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, New York; Yuko Hasegawa, chief curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo; Max Hollein, director of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art; Nicholas Serota, chair of Arts Council England; and Allan Schwartzman, founder and principal of Art Agency, Partners, and chairman of the Global Fine Arts division at Sotheby’s.The curator, critic, and ex-director of Munich’s Haus der Kunst Okwui Enwezor, who passed away last week, was also on the jury. Art Agency, Partners acts as adviser to the award.The inaugural winners of the Nomura Emerging Artist Awards will be announced at a press conference in Kyoto on May 21, while the recipient of the USD 1 million prize will be revealed this October at a gala ceremony in Shanghai. Xuan Wei Yap is ArtAsiaPacific’s editorial intern.

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